When German political economist Max Weber first devised the bureaucratic theory of management in the late 19th century, his intention was to combat the nepotism and unproductiveness rife in the family-run businesses of the day. Weber believed that efficient organizations needed to ‘have a strict hierarchy or authority, clear rules and regulations, standardized procedures and meticulous record keeping.’ Ironically, the very organizational approach that set out to drive efficiency has, over time, resulted in the opposite outcome.
Once upon a time, it was a student who got nervous in the lead-up to parent-teacher interviews. Nowadays, the person often getting most anxious is the teacher!
As we stare down the barrel of a new year, it’s only natural to wonder what 2016 will hold. One certainty is that the world will look different in 12 months time. For some businesses and professions, these changes will be an updraft that will propel them to ever greater heights. For others, the changes ahead will feel like disruptive headwinds blowing them off course or at least making life less pleasant.
Winning the battle for personal relevance.
As new technologies continue to change the pace and nature of the workplace, individuals face the ever-growing challenge of remaining ahead of the curve.
Added to this, the constant influx of agile and hungry talent means that existing team members must continuously look to demonstrate their value proposition to employers. Longevity, credibility and experience are no longer enough. To become a stand out performer in the workplace, individuals must remain in-touch and indispensable.
Memory is often described as being like a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. In an age where information is just a click away, are we losing the capacity for remembering information and data... and does it even matter?